How can I cut down on buffering when watching movies?
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Too much buffering when watching movies. What can I do?

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  • Amit Sinha

    make sure that when you are watching online videos no other application uses your network resources for this you may turn off automatic windows updates download and other software updates and exit torrent client

  • Don

    I had bad buffering problems until I went in and stopped Firewall for 15 minutes and that stopped my buffering, at least while Firewall was turned off and it seemed to help after 15 minutes also. Give it a try but don’t turn Firewall off permanently.

  • FIDELIS

    Hello, this can be dependant in many things. One of the things that can influence this is if there are other computers/devices in your network accessing the internet at same time. If you are watching a movie, make sure to do it when no other devices are actively online.

    Another thing that can cause this, are other windows open in your browser when this is going on. If you are watching a movie, make sure not to have any other windows open….specially downloads.

    Make sure to keep your browser clean and if possible after cleaning cache, make sure to restart browser and then proceed to watch movie.

    Also depends on what site and what time you are trying to watch the movie. What if there a lot of other people accessing the same site and movie at same time? No matter how fast their server is, there is no way it would react at same speed as when there are fewer people around.

    Best solution would be to upgrade your internet package. I know this is easier said than done but it helps a lot. Also it might help if you use a different browser than internet explorer.

  • GamerJunkdotNet

    Check your connection speed at http://www.speedtest.net to see how fast your connection is. Also disable any bittorrent apps that may be on.

  • Chris Hoffman

    If your connection is saturated — say, with heavy BitTorrent traffic — this can cause excessive buffering.

    You can also try reducing the video quality.

    It could also be a problem on the server’s end — if only one website is giving you problems, it may be someone else’s problem to fix.

  • Laga Mahesa

    The higher the resolution / quality, the more bandwidth is required. Drop down to a lower resolution repeatedly until you no longer have this issue or upgrade your internet capacity.

  • Oron

    Buffering is usually (but not always) a matter of a slow connection. So first of all, check your speed! Google “broadband speed checker” and use the site to test your speed. If it is slow (less than a couple of mb per second), then contact your ISP and see if the speed can be improved, or consider changing ISPs or data plan.
    If the speed is good enough, try deleting your cache (“Internet Temporary Files” in Internet Explorer) and your cookies. You could also download and run TCP optimiser which may speed up your computer’s connection with the router.

    • Murali

      simple spend some extra bucks for a high internet connection